The Ghost Tree Grill at Bandon Dunes

Bandon Dunes, a name synonymous with world-class golf, has added a new gem to its crown – the Ghost Tree Grill. This Pacific Northwest inspired steakhouse and raw bar is the latest addition to the resort’s already excellent array of restaurants. Last night was our 4th visit to the Grill since it opened last fall, and we now consider ourselves experts on their delicious offerings!

Tucked behind the 18th green at Old Macdonald, the Ghost Tree Grill is the perfect place to recount your round or for locals to have a memorable night out. The restaurant seamlessly integrates into the fabric of its surroundings with its asymmetrical gabled roof, cedar cladding, and walls of windows providing sweeping views of Old Macdonald. We watched group after group make their way up the 18th, most seemingly ready for a cocktail after walking 18 (or 36!) holes.

The centerpiece of the restaurant is a grand bar that flows from the interior to the exterior, while an outdoor courtyard offers al fresco dining and a fire pit—perfect for those chilly evenings. The restaurant’s open kitchen serves two wings separated by a double-sided fireplace and an impressive wine room, with large televisions to broadcast sports and events throughout.

On this particular evening, we sat at the bar, surrounded by good-natured golfers reliving their good—and some maybe not-so-good—golf shots of the day.  We were taken care of by Ixchele, who provided top-notch service and a vast knowledge of the menu.  On each of our visits, the entire staff has been extremely attentive and ensures that guests have a memorable dining experience.

The restaurant boasts a raw bar, which we took advantage of immediately after ordering freshly muddled cocktails.  We went with a dozen succulent oysters and local purple uni (sea urchin), found right off our own Cape Arago!  It could not have been more fresh and delicious.  We vowed to try the other crudo offerings, including Hamachi, Ahi Tuna, and Hokkaido Scallop, on our next visit.

The dinner menu includes a variety of starters and salads, such as the Dungeness crab cake with shaved fennel, fresno pepper, pickled onion, and cilantro aioli. The smoked pork belly with Carolina BBQ and apple is another standout starter.

The main course options are extensive, with a focus on steaks and chops. The 24-ounce “Cowboy” ribeye dry aged steak is a popular choice.  For those who prefer seafood, the King Salmon with braised fennel and agrumato is a delightful option. We had the 8-ounce filet with chimichurri, which was perfection, and the braised lamb shank, raised locally and absolutely delicious.  And don’t forget about the sides; the crispy brussels sprouts with Oregon hazelnuts and rainbow carrots with local hot honey were out of this world. 

Speaking of honey, the dessert menu offered a local honey ice cream, which was freshly made in-house.  And for those dreaming of tropical weather, the key lime pie is a very tasty way to cap off the evening.

The Ghost Tree Grill is more than just a restaurant; it’s an experience. Whether you’re a golfer looking to round out a wonderful day at the Resort or a food enthusiast seeking a new culinary adventure, the Ghost Tree Grill at Bandon Dunes is a must-visit. You won’t be disappointed!

Open 7 days a week 5:00pm-10:00pm.  Reservations are recommended by calling 541-347-8833.

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